Since the JBHP’s beginning in 1987, more than 35 young researchers have participated in monitoring Jumby Bay’s nesting hawksbill population.

Andrew Maurer, 2015-2017 Field Director

Andy has been returning to Pasture Bay to work as a field director since 2015. He is collaborating with the JBHP for his PhD research at North Carolina State University. His research is focused on how different types of vegetation impact nesting, as well as how climate change is affecting several aspects of population demography.

Alex Fireman, 2016-2017 Field Director

Alex graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 with a degree in Biology and Earth and Environmental Science. She has conducted field work in environments ranging from the Connecticut River to the eastern cloud forest of Ecuador, and has worked with resident sea turtles in Sarasota, FL. She began working with the JBHP in 2016 and is excited to be back for her second nesting season!

Spencer Wyand, 2017 Field Director

Spencer is a 2015 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology. In 2014, Spencer spent a semester abroad in Australia where he worked with green and loggerhead sea turtles as well as helping to identify manta rays by photographing their underbellies for Project Manta. After graduation he worked at a Marine Science camp on Catalina Island in California. This is Spencer’s first nesting season on Jumby Bay and he arrived in July.

Julia Ganis, 2017 Field Assistant

Julia, who previously joined us for 4 weeks in 2014, will be starting her third year at the University of Cambridge studying Geography in October. This year, she is working with the project while conducting independent research on how future sea level rise will affect the nesting habitats on beaches across Antigua.

Allie Rinck, 2017 Field Assistant

Allie is a high school Biology teacher in central London. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2011, where she specialized in Zoology. She is with the project for a few weeks of the summer focusing on educational outreach. 

Seth Stapleton, Director and Principal Investigator

Seth StapletonSeth served as a JBHP Field Director in 2004 and 2005 with his wife Carol Guy and has worked in a managerial capacity since 2007.  He completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota, spending his non-turtle time researching polar bears in the Canadian Arctic. Seth earned an MSc in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Georgia and BS degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William & Mary. He lived the life of the nomadic field technician for several years, gaining experience in a variety of taxa, and enjoys hanging with Carol and young sons Jonah and Leo, walking his dog, traipsing through the woods, and  traveling to far flung places when he’s not in the field.

Carol Guy, Communications Manager

Carol served as a JBHP Field Director in 2004 and 2005 with her husband Seth Stapleton. She continues to serve the project by supporting communications initiatives. She is a consultant in Hitachi Consulting’s Sustainability Practice, having earned an MEM in Environmental Economics from Duke University and BSFR in Wildlife from the University of Georgia. She loves looking for bugs with her two little guys, Jonah and Leo.




Kathryn Levasseur, Ph.D. Student, University of South CarolinaMe and hatchling

Kate served as a field director from 2008-2011 and is currently collaborating with the JBHP as a PhD student at the University of South Carolina. She is studying the fine-scale genetic structure of hawksbills nesting at JB and surrounding beaches of Antigua and Barbuda. One of the most interesting findings of her research is the close relatedness of many Jumby nesters: she has identified over 40 mother-daughter pairs nesting at JB, providing evidence of natal-homing to a 1000-meter nesting site. She has also found that the hawksbills nesting on Barbuda are genetically different than those nesting on Antigua, showing that nesting stock structure can exists on a scale as small as 50km in the eastern Caribbean. She previously studied at the University of Connecticut and has conducted conservation research in Brazil and South Africa.


Jepson Prince, Volunteer

Jepson PrinceJepson has been part of the JB Hawksbill Project research team for the past decade. He hails from the small village of Crab Hill on the beautiful island of Antigua, where he developed a great appreciation for the local wildlife from a very young age. Jepson is considered Jumby Bay’s resident naturalist, and is also involved with turtle research on the mainland through the Antigua Sea Turtle Conservation Project and the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG). During the day, Jepson manages the nursery for the Jumby Bay Island Services landscaping and horticultural team. In 2011, Jepson received a Sea Turtle Champions Award for his outstanding contributions to conservation. Congratulations, Jepson!


Dr. Jim Richardson, Director Emeritus and Project Advisor

Jim is the father of the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project; along with John Fuller of Antigua, he initiated the project in 1986. Jim also serves as the director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative Research and Education Program at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, and the scientific director of the Little Cumberland Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Research Project. Jim received his PhD in Zoology from the Institute of Ecology in 1982. He has served on numerous boards, panels and advisory committees on worldwide and regional sea turtle conservation issues. His research interests include population ecology and biology of loggerhead and hawksbill sea turtles, ecology and population biology of long-lived organisms, barrier island ecosystems, restoration ecology of beach and dune systems, and sustainable utilization and ecology of tropical rainforests.


See past JBHP field directors.